Productivity Tools for Students and Researchers
Social bookmarking is the modern student’s research tool. As I share in Reinventing Writing, research and pre-writing helps a student start strong. But how? Here’s your answer: Diigo has a fantastic new outlining tool! Before students write, have them turn in their outlines to you. Also, require that they rephrase their research sources at the point they bookmark it. I teach how to get a private link for the outline. If you still want it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, I even show you how to export your outline! So easy.
TIP FOR TEACHERS: If you’re using a Learning Management System, you can cut and paste the key points and action steps and use the videos as is.
Social Bookmarking is green!
One ream of paper is 6% of a tree! It is estimated that a page of paper costs 6 cents each in terms of waste. Then, why do we have students printing a fifty page Wikipedia article or a 10-page document to verify one quotation? Why are we using paper when social bookmarking can make research so much easier. You can even link Diigo to other services like Evernote using IFTTT.com.
1- Why do we need social bookmarking? [0:34]
Key Points: Why Do We Need Social Bookmarking?
- It saves paper.
- It keeps your email from filling up.
- It is an easier, more productive way of researching.
2- What is Diigo? [0:21]
Key Points: What is Diigo?
- Diigo lets you easily share with groups.
- You can annotate web pages.
- You are creating your personal library of online bookmarks to use in many ways.
3- How to Sign Up for Diigo [0:28]
Key Points: How to Sign Up for Diigo?
- Sign up at www.diigo.com.
- Teachers should sign up for a free teacher account to get extra features.
4- Install the Diigo Chrome Extension [0:28]
Key Points: Install the Diigo Chrome Extension
- The Diigo Chrome extension can save you time.
- The button is typically found after logging into Diigo the first time. (You can also use the link below.)
5- Annotating a Web Page with Diigo [1:05]
Key Points: Annotating a Web Page with Diigo
- Annotating a web page means that you can highlight the page.
- You can also add a private sticky note to a page.
- You can add a public sticky note to a page if you send it to a group. (You have to join a group first.)
6-Bookmarking a Web Page with Diigo [0:52]
Key Points: Bookmarking a Page with Diigo
- Anything you select with your mouse will go into the bookmark when you hit the button.
- You have to turn off the annotation’s Highlighting feature for this to work.
- Whatever you type in the box becomes part of the bookmark.
- Summarize what you’ve read in the box. (This will help prevent plagarizing work by putting it in your own words.)
- Be consistent with your tags so you can see patterns and organize your bookmarks.
7- Adding a Diigo Bookmark to the Outliner Research Tool [0:26]
Key Points: Adding a Diigo Bookmark to the Outliner Research Tool and Tagging
- You can create outlines for different projects.
- You can share bookmarks with groups when you’re bookmarking it.
8-Using the Diigo Outliner Tool to Plan [0:46]
Key Points: Using the Diigo Outliner Tool to Plan
- Use your tab key to indent and shift tab to out-dent your outline.
- You can turn in a public link when you are done.
9- How to Organize a Diigo Outline [1:27]
Key Points: How to Organize a Diigo Outline
- When you have bookmarks already in Diigo, you can find and quickly add them to your outliner.
- You can organize your outline with text that you type.
- Click the shareable link button to share a private link for people to see your outline.
- You can copy and paste it into Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You can also copy and paste the notes into Powerpoint and make it into an outline in PowerPoint.
Bonus Diigo Tutorials
These tutorials are not necessary for beginners but show some advanced features that many of you who are already using this tool may want to use. The bulk tool lets you move bookmarks, retag them, and re-organize. Researchers will want to know these tools. Bloggers or those sharing resources might want to auto-share their bookmarks to their blog.
9 – 5 Minute Power Diigo Tutorial [5:05]
10 – How to Auto Post Diigo Bookmarks to Your Blog [3:27]